leila khaled

leila khaled is a radical palestinian activist. after this photograph was taken, she underwent six cosmetic surgeries (without anesthesia, umm) so she could continue to do political work without being recognized.

http://freedomarchives.org/La_Lucha_Continua/Leila_Khaled.html

khaled’s story speaks to the power of photography in creating an icon, and questions the aesthetics of leadership. does a woman need to be fetishized in order to be effective? did khaled’s accidental role as a kind of terrorist pin-up girl give her the power to enact powerful change? and what kind of female bravery does it require to reject such a glamorous position?

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